With more than 400 million active users, WhatsApp has already become one of the most popular instant messaging apps across the globe. But not only does WhatsApp support instant messaging; it’s also a great way to share media, including photos, videos and audio files. If you are an Android user, you may even send songs from your music app over WhatsApp.
But, if you use WhatsApp on iPhone, you might have noticed that WhatsApp doesn’t have the option to add MP3 files from music library, synced with iTunes. Many users have been searching for a way to do it. An Internet search on the topic would yield a lot of results belonging to technology forums, providing a few possible workarounds. Some suggest you to jailbreak your iPhone, others say that you may use a cloud sync app (like Google Drive) to access files from your computer, and then open them using WhatsApp. But we wanted a more feasible approach.
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The first thing we noticed about WhatsApp was that it is able to receive, play and forward (received) MP3 files from other users. It means WhatsApp for iOS supports MP3 sharing too, but does not provide a way to add them in messages. This led us to believe that WhatsApp might support adding files from other apps using the Open In feature. The next step was obvious: Find an app which gives access to Media files and also supports the Open In feature.
Based on these two conditions, we had selected a free app called iZip to share music files on WhatsApp. The app had the ability to import files from the Music Library and share them over WhatsApp using the Open In feature. However, shortly thereafter, Music Library access was removed from iZip due to App Store policy changes. Our next free solution came in the form of iTransfer, an app that made it possible to browse the iPhone Music Library and share music files using the Open In menu (without importing them locally). The app is still available for free on the App Store, but to access the Open In feature, now you need to upgrade to the Pro version ($4.99).
Motivated by many of our readers who have been urging us to find other alternative (and preferably free) solutions, we have had to reconsider our provided solutions. Here, we have listed both free and paid, working solutions for sending music files over WhatsApp, without jailbreaking your iPhone.
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How to send Music on WhatsApp – iPhone
We have provided a few (both free and paid) solutions for sharing MP3 on WhatsApp. You can choose any of them as per your convenience.
Send MP3 using file manager (Free)
If you have a file manager app that supports Open In feature, you can save music files in its local storage and share them on WhatsApp. One setback is that you won’t be able to share files from your iPhone Music Library using this method (File manager apps usually don’t allow access to the Music Library as per App Store Policy Guidelines). In this demonstration, we have used Documents app for sharing music over WhatsApp.
Even though Documents app doesn’t give access to iPhone Music Library, you can still import music from your computer or download them from the Internet, to the app’s local storage.
Download and install the Documents app from the App Store. Follow the steps below to import music from your computer to Documents app:
- Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer.
- Launch iTunes and wait for it to detect your device.
- Once detected, click on the iPhone button at the top left corner of the iTunes window.
- Go to the Apps tab, and scroll down to the File Sharing section.
- Scroll the app list on the left side and select Documents. A list of files stored in its local storage is displayed on the right pane.
- Drag and drop audio files from your computer to the right pane containing the list of files.
Optionally, you can also use WiFi transfer method (via web browser or WebDAV) for importing audio files to Documents app. To download an MP3 file from the Internet and save it within Documents app, use the in-app web browser.
Once you have the required MP3 file inside the local storage of Documents app, follow the steps below to share the file over WhatsApp.
- Open the Documents app on your iPhone and go to the location where you have saved the particular MP3 file.
- Tap on the Edit button in the top right corner, and select the file you want to share on WhatsApp.
- Tap on Actions from the bottom right corner and select Open In option.
- Select WhatsApp from the list of apps. This will open Recent Chats in WhatsApp.
- Tap on the contact or group in WhatsApp that you want to share the audio file with.
The file will be shared within the conversation.
It’s difficult to find an app on the App Store that allows you to share MP3 files over WhatsApp from the iPhone Music Library. But we have come up with a few (free and paid) workarounds that will allow you to do so.
To get a stable solution for sending MP3 from iPhone Music Library, there are two options. You can either purchase the Pro version of iTransfer and unlock the Open In feature, or you can use another app called Workflow.
Both these apps are available on the App Store for $4.99, but we recommend you to buy Workflow rather than iTransfer. Workflow allows users to create custom operations (including Open In) that can be useful in many ways. With iTransfer, you’d only get an extra Open In feature.
We have already created the custom workflow to select music from iPhone Music Library and share it on WhatsApp. All you need to do is to install Workflow app on your iPhone and save the custom workflow. The steps provided below will guide you to share an MP3 file from iPhone Music Library over WhatsApp.
- Download and install Workflow app from the App Store.
- Open this workflow page on iOS Safari browser and tap on GET WORKFLOW link. The custom workflow will automatically get added in the WorkFlow app under My Workflows.
- To run the workflow, just tap on the Play button.
- Once the workflow starts running, you’ll be asked to select a track from your iPhone Music Library.
- After the track is selected, you’ll be redirected to WhatsApp where you can tap your preferred contact or group to share the file with them.
Usually, you can run this workflow by launching the Workflow app, selecting it from My Workflows and tapping on the Play button. But if you wish, you can also add it to your iPhone Home Screen like an individual app for faster access.
- To add a workflow to the Home Screen, launch the Workflow app and tap on “Share Music – 7labs” from My Workflows section.
- Tap on the Share icon on the top left corner and choose Add to Home Screen from the Extensions menu (bottom row).
- You will be redirected to a webpage in Safari, where you need to select Share icon >> Add to Home Screen.
- Finally, tap on Add in the top right corner.
The workflow should now get added as a shortcut on your iPhone Home Screen. From now on, every time you want to share an MP3 on WhatsApp, all you need to do is to launch the custom workflow from the Home Screen.
Though the latest version of iTransfer (free) removes Open In feature, one way to keep using the feature for free is to downgrade the app to the previous version (provided you have purchased the app and backed up the IPA file using iTunes earlier).
The other free solution involves using the free version of iTransfer. But for this workaround, you will need to upload and download the MP3 before sharing it over WhatsApp. If you want to use this free solution, the below steps will guide you to do so.
- Download and install iTransfer (Free) from the App Store.
- Launch iTransfer and select Music Library from the initial screen.
- Browse the music file you want to share by selecting the All Songs option.
- Now tap on the Select option in the top-right corner to enable selection mode.
- Select the song you want to send via WhatsApp, and tap on the Email button option at the bottom-left corner of the screen. The iOS Mail client will open up a new mail with the MP3 file as an attachment.
- Send the email to your own email ID.
- When the email arrives in your Inbox. Open the email and download the attachment.
- When the attachment has been downloaded, tap on it to preview the audio file.
- In the preview screen, tap on the Share icon in the bottom-left corner to bring up the Share menu.
- Select WhatsApp from the list of supported apps. You will be redirected to WhatsApp.
- Select the contact that you want to share the audio file with.
The selected audio will be shared with the chosen contact.
Now that you know about the different available solutions, you may prefer the free alternatives over paid ones. But for a long term stable solution, we recommend you to purchase the Workflow app. The available free solutions are either unstable or use extra Internet bandwidth for sharing audio files.
The above workarounds may be used to share music files from the iOS Music Library to various other apps that support MP3 sharing, such as Line, WeChat, Kik Messenger, etc.. If you come across any other app that provides access to the iPhone Music Library along with the Open In feature, do share it with us. And if you like this article, subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates about more such content.
Send videos via WhatsApp from Computer on iPhone
Some of our readers have been asking about how to send videos on WhatsApp from computer. The method is quite simple once you know the trick. Since WhatsApp on iPhone can share photos and videos from Camera Roll, our main objective here is to import the video from Computer to Camera Roll. Once the video is imported to Camera Roll, use the usual sharing options for sending the video to your preferred WhatsApp contact.
Disclaimer: We do not encourage music piracy in any way. The only purpose of this article is to provide knowledge to the readers. 7labs does not take responsibility for any misuse of this information. If you love music, you should also support the artists by purchasing their creations.